Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Yacht Rock

I enjoy the music of the Futureheads and Maximo Park, and I generally agree with the influences that are cited in their reviews: XTC, the Jam, etc. But I was listening to an old Yachts record last week and started to wonder if the Futureheads and Maximo Park have heard the Yachts.

After their Stiff Records debut single, "Suffice to Say", the Yachts released two albums on Radar Records. Their self-titled 1979 LP, in particular, contains loads of catchy, energetic and clever pop songs. Singer and keyboard player Henry Priestman went on to the band It's Immaterial, briefly joined Wah! Heat, and finally found fame and fortune as a member of the Christians. Trouser Press calls his organ sound on the Yachts' records "cheesy". But listen to the vocal breakdown at 2:20 of "Love You Love You", and try not to think of the Futureheads. The chorus is brilliant:

I wouldn't climb any mountains for you
Ford any stream, that's a daft thing to do
Yes I'm cynical, cynical, cynical, cynical
Cynical, cynical, cynical through and through

The Yachts: Love You Love You

22 Comments:

At 3/22/2006 1:38 PM , Anonymous James said...

I love the 1979 LP. The only CD edition I've ever found was a Japanese import, which I gladly paid - well, let's say more than standard price for. This was at the beginning of (or just before) the file-sharing/MP3 era, so downloading the album online was an option I didn't know anything about then.

I'd like to hear the second record. If I remember correctly, the blue Trouer Press book panned it severely.

 
At 3/22/2006 3:49 PM , Anonymous Paula said...

It is to the Yachts' great credit that, more than 25 years after hearing the song "Yachting Type"-- once--on the radio, I still remember the hook.

 
At 3/22/2006 8:58 PM , Blogger jon manyjars said...

James, I think you can get the second Yachts album from New Wave Outpost (http://www.nwoutpost.com/mfv_list.asp). And yes, Trouser Press panned it.

 
At 3/23/2006 10:25 AM , Blogger Rich said...

Whoa. Totally, totally see the Futureheads similarities in those breakdowns. Never heard of The Yachts before this -- thanks for posting it.

 
At 3/23/2006 11:09 AM , Blogger jon manyjars said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who hears it! I thought the Mekons tracks I posted on Tuesday might have influenced the Futureheads and Maximo Park. Maybe I'll post some more Yachts...

 
At 3/29/2006 4:24 AM , Anonymous Kenton said...

Where did you find the Yachts music on mp3? I have bothe US releases on Vinyl but no player. Do you have CD's/mp3's? Willing to sell?

Thanks. Kenton.
kda@zahyin.com

 
At 3/29/2006 12:57 PM , Blogger jon manyjars said...

I ripped the song from vinyl. Don't have the CD, sorry. Try New Wave Outpost (see my comment above). Or maybe James can hook you up!

 
At 4/04/2006 9:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

my name is mark, i'm 42 and from liverpool. i saw the yachts many times during 1978/79 at erics club in liverpool. unfortunately during my house move, i lost all my singles, the album and some great gig phtos. whoever put " love you love you " up for download just made my day. any chance of anymore box 202 or then and now maybe. many thanks mark.
m.parle@merseymail.com

 
At 4/04/2006 11:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

DEAR JOHN, YOU SAID YOU RIPPED THE ALBUM. IS THERE ANY CHANCE YOU COULD SEND ME THE RIPPED FOLDER VIA www.yousendit.com to m.parle@merseymail.com
many thanks mark

 
At 4/04/2006 12:36 PM , Blogger jon manyjars said...

Mark, I didn't rip the whole album but I will probably post some more Yachts here soon since I got such a response. Definitely "Box 202". I also really love "Tantamount to Bribery" and "Mantovani's Hits". If I lost all that stuff I would be heartsick. Check back here soon...

 
At 4/05/2006 3:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

HELLO JON, GREAT YOU RESPONDED SO QUICKLY. IT WAS GREAT TO HEAR "LOVE YOU LOVE YOU" AGAIN AFTER SUCH A LONG TIME. IT JUST TAKES ME RIGHT BACK TO MY YOUTH.SO HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR THE YACHTS.IF YOU CAN POST BOX 202 THAT WOULD BE GREAT OR ANY OF THE OTHERS, THERE'S NOT A BAD ONE AMONGST THEM IS THERE?
SPEAK SOON MARK

 
At 4/06/2006 3:36 PM , Blogger jon manyjars said...

Mark, I think I bought the album after reading a review in Creem (or maybe Trouser Press). I agree, there's not a bad song on that first LP. You were in Liverpool at a great time for music! Did you ever see Wah! Heat?

 
At 4/07/2006 4:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

HELLO JOHN, YOU'RE RIGHT IT WAS THE BEST TIME EVER FOR MUSIC, ESPECIALLY IN LIVERPOOL. I SAW WAH HEAT MANY TIMES, I WAS AY THEIR FIRST GIG IN A VERY SMALL ROOM IN THE EVERYMAN THEATRE, AN EXCELLENT NIGHT. THE SUPPORT BAND WENT ON TO BECOME ONE OF MY FAVOURITES, THE PALE FOUNTAINS WHO WENT ON TO BECOME SHACK, DON'T KNOW IF YOU'VE HEARD EITHER. I WAS IN ERICS THE NIGHT IT GOT RAIDED AND SHUT DOWN,A GREAT NIGHT, SMALL ROOM(200-300 PEOPLE)PSYCHEDELIC FURS SUPPORTED BY WAH HEAT..I'M GONNA PUT A LINK ON IF IT DOESN'T WORK, PLEASE IGNORE BUT IF IT DOES I CAN PUT SOME MORE ON SOON.
CHEERS MARK.
[url=http://s56.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=0HKZUU5682NCG3CCLCEJO11UK5]SUFFICE TO SAY-YACHTS[/url]

 
At 4/07/2006 5:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

JOHN THE LINK HASN'T WORKED, THIS WILL BUT ONLY LASTS 7 DAYS, JUST COPY AND PASTE INTO ADDRESS BAR, IT'S SUFFICE TO SAY.
CHEERS MARK

http://s56.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=0HKZUU5682NCG3CCLCEJO11UK5

 
At 4/12/2006 9:11 PM , Blogger jon manyjars said...

Mark, Thanks for the link to "Suffice to Say"! There's an old Yachts song called "Hazy People" (and lots of other good stuff) here: http://punkmodpop.free.fr/mp3.htm

 
At 4/24/2006 6:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello john, thanks for that link i enjoyed that.been trying for the yachts album on cd but no luck as yet, please please post "box 202"

many thanks mark

 
At 4/24/2006 9:24 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello john, thanks for that link i enjoyed that.been trying for the yachts album on cd but no luck as yet, please please post "box 202"

many thanks mark

 
At 4/25/2006 6:02 PM , Blogger jon manyjars said...

Don't give up on me, Mark. Free time has been hard to come by lately, but I haven't forgotten. I've received more responses to my Yachts post than any other band I've written about, and I want to keep the customers satisfied. "Reply post haste, Box 202."

 
At 4/26/2006 3:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

MANY THANKS JOHN, CAN'T WAIT.WITH SO MANY BANDS REUNITING, IT WOULD BE GREAT TO SEE THE YACHTS AGAIN.
SPEAK SOON MARK

 
At 5/03/2006 5:20 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

IT'S NOT HAPPENIN JOHN, IS IT?
MARK

 
At 5/23/2006 8:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

IT DID HAPPEN JON, MANY THANKS TO YOU..

MARK

 
At 6/21/2006 7:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, well. Finally found some info on Yachts but like me, nobody can find it on CD! I have the vinyl but it's not in great nick and I'm a novice in the music sharing arena so any pointers on how I get a download of tracks from the first album?

Colin Wales
walescm@aol.com

 

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